Ken Bryant, pastor at the Greenville First Presbyterian Church the past 21 years is retiring, effective September 1.
He became an ordained minister in October of 1977 in Rock Island. He and his wife, Susan, came to Greenville in 1994. They raised two children while in Greenville.
Paul Schmidt, from First Presbyterian, said Reverend Bryant has been valuable to the church and the community. He said above all he is a, “caring, dedicated pastor for our First Presbyterian Church here in Greenville.” Schmidt said Bryant has been through ups and downs with the church and has been involved in the Bond County Ministerial Alliance, the Lions Club, and countless other community service activities.
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Bryant and the First Presbyterian Church have been heavily involved in the county Toys For Joy program. Schmidt said this will continue to be a church project.
Schmidt said the church hopes that Ken and his wife, Susan, will stay in Greenville and be members of the church, following a well-deserved vacation.
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The public is invited to a retirement reception for Reverend Bryant on Sunday, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Gaffner Hall at the church.